Smart Ways to Lower Healthcare Costs

Is Putting the Caring Back into Healthcare the Answer?

Recent news of scarcities and price increases shed light on what IMF Chairman Dr. Brian G.M. Durie says is a “fundamental problem” in the US healthcare delivery system: “When you leave the production and sale of essential medical care to free-market forces, erratic supply is almost inevitable.” To ensure patients’ needs come first, we need to put the caring back into healthcare. Read the blog.

 

Long-Term Follow-up of Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance (MGUS)

Yesterday, Dr. Robert A. Kyle and a group of researchers that included Mayo Clinic hematologist Dr. Vincent Rajkumar published the longest-ever updated follow-up of patients with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) in the New England Journal of Medicine. “It is truly incredible to have 30 years of follow-up to show the stability of the disease evolution process,” said Dr. Brian GM Durie, IMF Chairman. “Each year, 1 percent of MGUS patients (of the non-IgM type—mostly IgG and IgA) can develop myeloma or a related condition. But, importantly, over time, many more patients get sick and die from other conditions—not myeloma! So it is vital that MGUS patients have careful health maintenance guidance.”

 

A Journey into the Five Senses

Claudia Meyer, a world-renowned artist, will be hosting “Sensoria” - a solo art show - at the Castelli Art Space at 5440 W. Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles from February 3-11, 2018. A portion of all sales of her works from this event will benefit the International Myeloma Foundation. Claudia describes “Sensoria” as “a visual extrapolation of the five senses.” Get a glimpse into this imaginary world and learn more at Claudia Meyer’s website.

Replay: The Best of ASH 2017 Teleconference and Its Slides Are Available

Did the excitement over CAR T-cell therapies news live up to expectations? What new myeloma drugs and treatment paradigms are now on the horizon? Dr. Brian G.M. Durie explains the most significant findings presented at the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual conference for patients, caregivers, and other members of the myeloma community. Listen to a replay of this FREE IMF teleconference and download Dr. Durie’s slides.

Register NOW for This IMF Regional Community Workshop in Raleigh, North Carolina

The IMF will host a Regional Community Workshop in Raleigh, North Carolina, on February 3, 2018. Registration is FREE, but seating is limited. Here’s your chance to learn from and meet one-on-one with myeloma experts Dr. Rafat Abonour (Indiana University Simon Cancer Center) and Dr. Cristina Gasparetto (Duke University Duke Cancer Institute).

Serving Up Masters Tennis for Myeloma

In October 2015, longtime myeloma warrior Carolyn Curtis lost her battle to the disease. To honor her memory, her husband Edward Curtis hosts the 2nd Annual Masters Tournament for Myeloma on Saturday, March 4, 2018, from 2-4 p.m. at the Glenview Champions Tennis Club at 3140 Glenview Road in The Villages, Florida. To join this day of round robin tennis, contact Edward at tenserve@hotmail.com or (352) 399-5022.

Should a myeloma patient take supplements such as selenium?

In this week’s video, Dr. Brian G.M. Durie explains why myeloma patients should discuss the use of supplements with their doctors.

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